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Right Wing Round-Up - 9/4/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/4/15

  • Bryan Fischer says that "Kim Davis is Rosa Parks" while Mat Staver compares her to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
  • On a related note, Concerned Women for America and the Travis Weber of the Family Research Council blame the Supreme Court for Davis' predicament by issuing its gay marriage ruling in the first place.
  • Bradlee Dean fumes: "When a sodomite confronts a county clerk for not handing out state licenses in violation of Gods Moral law and calls it bigotry, homophobia or hate, we, as Americans, need to realize that they are willfully ignorant or just plain wicked. And the wicked are those who know the truth, but choose not to obey the truth."
  • Franklin Graham says that Davis' jailing "is exactly what we feared would result from the Supreme Court's disastrous ruling in June ... As Kim fights this battle, she is really fighting for religious freedom for all of us."
  • Finally, Bill Federer warns that America is following ancient Rome's road to ruin.

Linda Harvey: 'Homosexuality Reigns Supreme' In America

On her radio bulletin today, Linda Harvey of Mission America expressed outrage that Kim Davis had to go to court over her order that the county office not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Instead, Harvey said that such couples should have just went to a different county office where they won’t face discrimination from a public official, all the while insisting that they are fraudulent marriages anyway.

“We must challenge this idea that homosexuality reigns supreme in this country,” she said. “We must speak out against the tyranny that threatens the very fabric of America and how we work, what we teach our children, what we are allowed to say publicly, how we worship and what we are expected to support or else face retaliation.”

Barton: Kim Davis Should Not Be In Jail Because 'Man's Law Is Not Allowed To Contradict God's Law'

Glenn Beck drove to Houston today to attend the funeral for Deputy Darren Goforth, who was ruthlessly gunned down last week at a local gas station.

Joining Beck on the trip was David Barton and his wife Cheryl and, on the way to the funeral, Beck and Barton had a conversation about the jailing of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis for preventing her office from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, and Beck uploaded a video of it to his Facebook page.

While Beck said that he sympathizes with Davis, he cannot understand why she has not been fired for refusing to do her job. Barton, predictably, responded by asserting that Davis is entirely in the right to refuse to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because "the Founding Fathers made it real clear that the laws of God are higher than the laws of man."

"This is a law of God. Man's law is not allowed to contradict God's law," Barton said, which means there can be no justification for jailing Davis because she is upholding God's law.

Rick Wiles Waiting For Obama To 'Say He Is A God'

Two years ago, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles wondered if President Obama would use a trip to Jerusalem to “declare himself as God.” While that didn’t happen, Wiles has now offered new evidence that Obama will soon announce his godhood: A dream from a friend.

Wiles dedicated part of his Thursday broadcast to run an unaired segment of his interview with televangelist Jim Bakker, where the two traded conspiracy theories and End Times prophecies, about a dream from C. Alan Martin. In this dream, Martin prophesied that Al Gore would be the 43rd president and that his successor would bring about God’s judgment on America as he “claims to be God, but is of devil.”

That was all the proof Wiles needed, citing the dream as evidence that Obama is “evil” as he “said he is a God,” and is bringing about America’s destruction. “This dream is coming true, the time is now,” he said.

Five Bizarre Arguments Kim Davis' Supporters Have Used To Defend Her Lawbreaking

Religious Right activists roundly claimed that they were shocked and stunned that a federal judge held Kim Davis in contempt of court, even though the decision was inevitable as Davis had continued to break the law even after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal.

This left many wondering how anyone could be surprised that a judge would actually hold Davis accountable for blatantly violating the law, with some even questioning whether her lawyers at the conservative legal group Liberty Counsel are giving her bad advice in order to turn her case into a fundraising bonanza, with the group even going so far as to tell her to break the law. As one retired judge told the Courier Journal, “I think you have an ethical responsibility to tell your client she doesn’t have a legitimate cause of action.”

Of course, Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver has been urging public officials to defy the Supreme Court even before the court issued its landmark marriage equality decision. The group even acknowledged that the marriage equality ruling would “expose Davis to potential liability if she refuses to compromise her religious beliefs and violate her conscience.”

But Davis, who identifies as a born-again Christian, doesn’t seem ignorant at all of the fact that she was breaking the law, as she attempted to convince lawmakers to change Kentucky’s laws on marriage licenses. When that didn’t happen, Davis went ahead anyway in ordering county officials not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing “God’s authority.” According to Davis, “if I left, resigned or chose to retire” from the county clerk position, “I would have no voice for God’s word.”

Davis and her supporters are instead tried to use bizarre legal arguments to back up her case:

1) God’s law trumps U.S. law

Rena Lindevaldsen, a Liberty Counsel attorney, offered insights into the group’s legal thinking when she delivered a lecture to the Liberty University School of Law, which named Lindevaldsen its interim dean after Staver decided to dedicate more time to his work at Liberty Counsel.

Lindevaldsen told students in a speech entitled, “Do Government Officials Have Authority to Impose Their Morals on Others?,” that any law that is not “consistent with Scripture” — or, more accurately, their interpretation of scripture — is no law at all, and therefore, officials are obligated to break such laws since “civil government only has the authority that God has established.”

With this reasoning, Liberty Counsel thinks that officials can impose their morals on others as long as they are acting according to their understanding of the Bible, and therefore don’t need to respect the legalization of same-sex marriage because its unbiblical. “Whether it’s zoning or taxes or marriage or abortion, in those issues, government doesn’t have authority to say that these things are appropriate because they’re contrary to Scripture,” she said.

In a case involving a child custody dispute between a self-identified “ex-gay” and her former lesbian partner, Liberty Counsel similarly advised their client to break a court-approved custody agreement because, after all, God’s law is superior.

Staver said that Davis should not follow the Obergefell decision as it would violate her oath of office, and that oath requires her to “not act in contradiction to the moral law of God.” He also told other officials not to respect the ruling because it “directly conflicts with higher law.” As the judge in Davis’ case noted, such arguments would allow Roman Catholic clerks to deny a marriage license to a previously divorced person because the Catholic Church proscribes divorce.

2) Davis was elected before Obergefell, so she’s exempt

In one positively bizarre defense of Davis, Keith Fournier said that Davis’ oath to uphold the laws only requires her to uphold the laws that were in effect before January 2015, when she was sworn into office.

Some contend that that because Kim Davis works for “the government” she must comply by issuing the license with her name on it. In other words, she loses her right to religious liberty because she has a public position. This fails to consider the crucial fact that when she was elected to her post as the Rowan County Clerk, marriage under Kentucky law was solely between one man and one woman. That was the law she swore to uphold. Then the five oracles of the Supreme Court issued their edict in Obergefell v Hodges, with no basis in the Constitution, past precedent, common sense or the Natural Law.

If this would be the case, then anyone who was elected to office before the Loving v. Virginia case, which struck down state bans on interracial marriage, would then be able to refuse to issue marriage licenses to such couples, or allow officials to block the integration of schools because they took office before Brown v. Board of Education was handed down by the courts.

Furthermore, as the appeals court pointed out in this case, the office doesn’t belong to Davis, it belongs to the people of the county:

The injunction operates not against Davis personally, but against the holder of her office of Rowan County Clerk. In light of the binding holding of Obergefell, it cannot be defensibly argued that the holder of the Rowan County Clerk’s office, apart from who personally occupies that office, may decline to act in conformity with the United States Constitution as interpreted by a dispositive holding of the United States Supreme Court.

3) Davis is the only clerk obeying the law

Mike Huckabee has been making the case that Davis is the only clerk upholding the law and that it is actually the vast majority of clerks who are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples are the ones breaking the law.

As Huckabee said on MSNBC yesterday, marriage equality can only be legal in Kentucky if the legislature passes a same-sex marriage bill that the governor signs into law, adding that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision is invalid because the court “cannot overrule the laws of nature and the laws of nature’s God.”

When host Joe Scarborough said that Southern states still had to desegregate their schools after the Supreme Court ruled in Brown, despite the fact that the states still had segregationist laws on the books, Huckabee insisted that “you have to have enabling legislation.”

“The Supreme Court cannot and did not make a law,” he said in a statement. “They only made a ruling on a law. Congress makes the laws. Because Congress has made no law allowing for same sex marriage, Kim does not have the constitutional authority to issue a marriage license to homosexual couples.”

Before Obergefell was decided, Staver insisted that a state “does not have to obey” a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality because it would be “so far removed from the Constitution” that it would cause one to ask if the justices have “literally lost their mind.”

Pat Robertson made the same claim, saying that Davis and others are “not obligated” to follow Obergefell.

4) Gays can just drive to another county

Davis and her lawyers argue that all 20,000 Rowan County residents must accommodate Davis’ personal religious views — views that she ordered all deputy clerks to follow — by driving to another county if they want to access government services.

“You drive 30 minutes in any direction in Kentucky and get a marriage license,” Staver said. “You don’t have to force Kim Davis herself to issue the license.”

And what if the neighboring counties join Davis and the other handful of clerks in refusing to issue marriage licenses? Staver doesn’t seem to know, as he would likely to defend such clerks as well, insisting that it is more reasonable to let one official disregard the law rather than allow taxpayers to receive access to taxpayer-funded services.

5) Anti-religious test for office

While Davis may have exhausted her appeals in the case where couples challenged her refusal to issue them licenses, Liberty Counsel has tried to throw a Hail Mary by filing a lawsuit against the governor, alleging that enforcing the Obergefell is actually unconstitutional since it would impose a religious test as a qualification to hold the office of county clerk.” The group even argued, like Fournier, that issuing marriage licenses would violate her oath and represent anti-Christian discrimination:

19. Before taking office as County Clerk in January 2015, Davis swore an oath to support the constitutions and laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky “so help me God.” Davis understood (and understands) this oath to mean that, in upholding the federal and state constitutions and laws, she would not act in contradiction to the moral law of God, natural law, or her sincerely held religious beliefs and convictions. Davis also understood (and understands) the constitution and laws she swore to uphold to incorporate the constitutional and other legal protections of all individuals’ rights to live and work according to their consciences, as informed by their sincerely held religious beliefs and convictions, including without limitation such rights she holds in her own individual capacity.

20. Davis’s sincerely held religious belief regarding the definition of “marriage” was perfectly aligned with the prevailing marriage policy in Kentucky at the time she took office, as provided in the Kentucky Constitution, Kentucky statutes, and controlling court decisions, and as effected by the Commonwealth through Governor Beshear and Commissioner Onkst.



38. Governor Beshear’s targeted and discriminatory marriage policy pronouncements constitute government-imposed pressure on Davis to act contrary to her religious beliefs, and expose Davis to potential liability if she refuses to compromise her religious beliefs and violate her conscience.

But the Rowan County office is not Kim Davis’ church or her “business,” as she once referred to it. Davis does not have to offer her personal support or approval to same-sex marriage; in fact, she and her church can remain dutifully opposed to such unions, but she cannot stop the government, which has legalized gay marriage, and county clerk deputies from performing job functions just because she has a personal disagreement.

Mike Huckabee: Government Treating Gitmo Detainees Better Than Kim Davis

Promoting his Tuesday rally in Kentucky defending county clerk Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee told Fox News that the government has been more accommodating to detainees in Guantanamo Bay than Kim Davis.

If gay people want to receive a marriage license, Huckabee said, then they should wait until Election Day to vote for a new county clerk.

Huckabee isn’t the only one hoisting martyrdom status on Davis.

In yet another column defending the Kentucky clerk, Fox News pundit Todd Starnes said that “perhaps one day, students of history will read not only letters from a Birmingham jail, but letters from a Kentucky jail.” He even likened Judge David Bunning, the Bush-appointee who held Davis in contempt of court, to Bull Connor:

 

Federal Judge David Bunning did with a gavel what Bull Connor tried to do with dogs and fire hoses. Please...

Posted by Todd Starnes on Friday, September 4, 2015

Barber: Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses 'Would Be The Most Hateful Thing' Kim Davis Could Do

On an upcoming episode of the "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver discussed the case of Kim Davis with Matt Barber who, though he has has reportedly left Liberty Counsel to start his own ultra-right wing website called BarbWire, still regularly appears as Staver's co-host on the organization's daily radio program.

Staver and Barber discussed Liberty Counsel's representation of Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who has been jailed due to her on-going refusal to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, with Barber declaring that if Davis relents and agrees to issue such licenses, it would be "the most hateful thing that she could do."

If Kim Davis were to put her "put her stamp of approval ... on counterfeit gay marriage," Barber said, "that is the least compassionate, most hateful thing that she could do, to issue same-sex marriage licenses to people who are about to entire into a counterfeit and false institution that is rooted in mortal sin, in the sin of homosexual immorality."

Homosexuality is an "abomination," Barber continued, "and if she were to engage in this, she would leading others and supporting others in sin, putting her own self in danger of judgment. She wants a clear conscience before she stands before God."

Todd Starnes: Jails Will Soon Fill Up With Christians

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes has been at the forefront of the Religious Right’s campaign to turn Kim Davis into a martyr, appearing on American Family Radio yesterday to denounce the judge who put Davis in the custody of U.S. Marshals over her continued violations of the law.

“I warned people of faith that this kind of stuff is coming,” Starnes told “AFA Today” host Crane Durham. “Now we know that it is here and this is a very dangerous and very disturbing development. But quite frankly, you know what, we all knew, Crane, those of us who read our Bibles, we all knew that there was a time coming in this country where the persecution would happen and it seems as though, at least in the case of Mrs. Davis, that time is right now.”

While discussing his interview with Davis, where she said that she wouldn’t resign her position because she plans to use the county office to spread “God’s word” and act as “a vessel God,” Starnes said that Kentucky lawmakers failed to even meet with Davis about legislative remedies for her supposed plight. He added: “I hope that the folks listening to this program in Kentucky will call their state legislators and their representatives right now and demand that they take action to protect other Christians in the state of Kentucky, otherwise I suspect the jails are going to start filling up pretty quickly.”

Rick Wiles: 'Homosexual Gaystapo' Will Murder Christians Like Kim Davis In 'Reign Of Terror'

End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles appears to be just a little bit upset with a judge’s ruling that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis must remain in the custody of U.S. Marshals for consistently violating the law.

Davis had ordered her county office not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and, after the Supreme Court rejected her final appeal, Davis said that she will still continue to deny marriage licenses because she is acting under “God’s authority.”

Wiles stood by Davis yesterday in an epic rant where he claimed that America will soon see massive violence as a result of gay tyranny:

Kim Davis’ imprisonment is only the beginning of the reign of terror by the Obamanista communist regime’s gaystapo. If I am right about America being Mystery Babylon, eventually the blood of the saints must be spilled in the streets, martyrdom of Christian saints is one of the attributes of Mystery Babylon in the Last Days. When Babylon’s economy collapses, so too will its old constitutional republic framework. What will ensue in the aftermath of a massive economic collapse will be bloody and brutal tyrannical repression of Christianity by the Jesus-hating homosexual gaystapo. Just like the militant homosexuals who terrorized Germany in the 1930s through the Nazis, the National Socialist Party, the Democratic Party is the new National Socialist Party, the Nazis.

The “Trunews” host later added that America may soon face a military attack from China and Russia over its treatment of Davis, along with federal funding towards Planned Parenthood.

As Wiles explained, the U.S. government has effectively turned into Sodom and Gomorrah and will consequently be punished.